"Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course, superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage."
Do you knit or crochet? I taught myself to crochet several years ago, but never really got into it until now. This time around, I have discovered that knitting is more than just a piece of string and a couple of pointy sticks. I have found that when I sit down and knit, the load of stress upon my shoulders starts to lighten. There's something magic about the steady repetion of stiches that soothes me. ***
"In the rhythm of the needles, there is music for the soul."
I've also found that the lessons are so much more than just a few woman gathered around a table armed with patterns, needles and bunch of yarn. These sessions are a safe haven where women can share their ups and downs of life with one another. A place where someone will really listen to your stories and laugh (or cry) with you. There is a camaraderie there that forms so quickly and so naturally, I've never experienced anything like it before in my life.
"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit, either."
*** I should note, that at this point when I drop a stitch or knit when I shoulda purled, (as I have far too many times ... grrrr!) the whole relaxation thingy sorta flies out the window. I am trying hard to learn to just let go and enjoy the act of knitting and accept that sometimes things don't go as you plan. Sometimes you can fix things, but sometimes you just have to make a new beginning ... wow, another one of those metaphors for life :)